Hello, What would be the best saw blade to cut nice clean cuts in MDF? Never cut mdf before and I'm not sure if it will have tear outs or not, I was thinking about getting a 40T Freud or Forrest Woodworker II
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The best advice is from someone who has actually done the operation, owns the same or similar tool or machine and who has experience with the material. BTDT? But that advice is "free", so take your chances ... you get what you pay for.
Last edited by woodnthings; 05-31-2009 at 05:55 PM.
MDF is fairly easy to get a clean cut with, but it's also prone to dull blades faster. I typically don't recommend going out to purchase a premium blade solely to cut MDF. A good bargain blade is often a good choice, but if you're only going to a cut a little bit of MDF, then a good blade is always nice to have for your more critical cuts in ply and hardwoods later on.
If you will be cutting quite a bit of MDF, a blade with a triple chip grind (TCG) will keep an edge better than most.
You don't mention whether you're looking for full kerf or thin kerf, but on the bargain end, the Oshlun line from Holbren, Amazon, or Eagle America is surprisingly good for the price. The Freud Avanti TK series is also a good value. The Freud LU82M010 is a good full kerf choice for MDF.